The seventh annual Workweek Prize awarded £1,000 to a critical, risk-taking project taking part in Art Licks Weekend (17–20 October 2019), open to independent artist-led spaces and independent curatorial projects

The 2019 winner was artist Kelly Lloyd, showing at Dirty House (Nick Tudor) for the performance lecture and exhibition Exceptional Promise.

About the Workweek Prize

Artquest initiated this prize in 2013 when Art Licks Weekend began, which awards a prize of £1,000 to be shared amongst the organiser and exhibiting artists.

Art Licks Weekend supports and promotes artist-led and small-scale exhibitions and projects in east and south-east London. The Workweek Prize celebrates and encourages artist-led and independent curatorial projects and their support of the local and international art scene.

The award

The winner of the Workweek Prize is the shortlisted candidate who presents, in the judges’ opinion, an exhibition / project that:

  • Displays a high level of critical awareness of current artistic practices
  • Engages with a broad range of publics, outside of the traditional art world
  • Produces work that is risk-taking, innovative and timely, and displays the strong collaborative approach that helps artist-led activity succeed

The 2019 Workweek Prize

Exhibitors at Art Licks Weekend 2019, on the theme of Interdependence, who opted-in for selection were considered for the Workweek Prize.

The 2019 guest judge was Edward Gillman, Director of Auto Italia. Auto Italia is an artist run organisation that commissions and produces new work – collaborating directly with emerging artists. Founded in 2007, it aims to provide a framework for developing alternative approaches to production and exhibition formats.

About the 2019 winner

Exceptional Promise
Performative lecture on Friday 18 October, 7-7.30pm
Dirty House, 95 Haymerle Road, London, SE15 6SD

Exceptional Promise made physical US artist Kelly Lloyd’s visa application for a Tier 1: Exceptional Promise visa. In March 2019, Lloyd approached Nick Tudor, director of Dirty House, about an exhibition to enhance her visa application. By re-performing work impressive enough to prove one’s ‘exceptional promise’ in the context of an opportunity received through friendship and self-promotion, Lloyd and Tudor explore the relationships behind the institutions behind the structures that artists must depend on for support. Lloyd will deliver a performative lecture, 4-5 Proposal Papers, originally presented at Harvard University in 2014, with a closing event on 1 November.

Kelly Lloyd is a multidisciplinary conceptual artist who focuses on issues of representation and knowledge production through public-facing collaborative research. Lloyd’s current research focuses on detailing the living and working conditions of contemporary artists through conducting interviews with people in the arts sector, and in 2019 she was the Starr Fellow at the Royal Academy Schools.

Dirty House was established by Nick Tudor in December 2018 as a platform for emerging artists to have their first solo show in London and to facilitate longer-term installations and skill sharing.

About the 2019 shortlist

Two other projects were shortlisted for the 2019 prize:

LUVA (Lock Up Visual Art)

Discussion event / symposium and exhibition: Saturday 19 September, 11.30-12.45pm – time changed to allow attendance at March for the Final Say
Behind James Campbell House, E2 9QE

Featuring the work of previously exhibited artists, a two hour informal discussion at LUVA addressed interdependence. LUVA chaired a discussion that around key questions that affect artists working in London now, such as: What are the new models of working and self-organising that are needed to survive in London? How can diverse organisations work together to challenge traditional arts and cultural spaces while avoiding gentrification? What are the responsibilities of arts spaces to the wider community? How can we ensure that arts spaces create meaningful internships that are not exploitative and give young practitioners a rounded experience?

LUVA is a gallery situated in a garage on the Approach Estate in east London. It presents artists at all stages of their careers (with a focus on female, BAME and queer artists) to foster dialogue and arts practices with the local community, the art world and the east end of London. LUVA is run by CSM students (referred to as colleagues) as they gain experience in running an arts space.

The gallery poses pertinent questions around ‘giving back’ to the community that it exists within, looking at models of exhibiting that challenge gentrification, working outside of traditional art world contexts, examining new models around the notion of ‘internships’, how organisations can work collectively and how sharing and exchange can become the basis for cultural production. The gallery is a food collection point for the First Love Foundation, an east end charity offering advice, food and support to individuals and families living in extreme poverty and hardship.

Existing in an un-real world

Exhibition: opening event Thursday 17 October, 6-9pm, continues Friday 18 – Sunday 20 October, 12-6pm daily
61 Glenwood Road, Catford, London SE6 4NF

61 Glenwood is a group of artists working across various disciplines who share a former family home in Catford. The house has a history of providing affordable accommodation and as such has created a linked network of artists who have lived at the house since it was first rented out. Exchange and dialogue are often seen to take place within the studio or gallery context but more and more the domestic space is becoming a focus for such activity, as project spaces, studios and other creative projects within the home become more common. 61 Glenwood aims to highlight the importance of such shared spaces and acknowledge that as a result of an economy where so many are in a position where they have to share living space, artists must find creative solutions in order to continue making and showing work.

Existing in an un-real world is organised by and features the current residents of 61 Glenwood Road and invited previous residents. Over the course of Art Licks Weekend the house will be open to the public and art works will be exhibited throughout the communal and private spaces, integrated into the fabric of the house itself.

Exhibiting artists are: Fintan Ryan, Fiona Chambers, James Graham, Janina Frye, Joshua Sex, Katrin Hanusch, Kirsty White, Laura Fitzgerald, Lola Bunting, Nicky Teegan, Robert Costello, Sanja Todorović, and Tom Mason.

The title of the exhibition makes reference to the shifting realities which concern artists everyday lives, politically, economically, digitally and in defiance to this, the ways in which artists create artificial realities and private worlds in which to take up residence.

Previous winners and shortlisted projects

Winners and projects shortlisted for the Workweek Prize are: